Haley – Live at the Dome

Haley - Dome, London

In her gold converse sneakers and on her second European tour in 6 months, the artist formally known as Haley Bonar, now just plain ‘Haley’, is looking a little like Dorothy discovering a new Oz. After 15 years toiling away recording and touring in relative obscurity, that impossible dream of critical acclaim and recognition is steadily becoming a reality.

Falling somewhere between Angel Olsen and Neko Case in style and sound, Haley has seen her star rise, particularly in this country, starting with 2014’s Last War which for all intent and purpose sounded like someone beginning afresh, adopting a louder, mood heavy and chorus-driven approach, or maybe just “these quiet, folky kinda songs ain’t paying the bills, so let’s turn shit up”.… Read the rest

Haley Bonar – Moth Club, London – 27/10/16

It must come as a great validation to the artist who quietly toils, recording and releasing their own material year after year, happy that they’re able to find an outlet and an audience, to finally gain critical recognition outside their home country and play to people who are discovering their music for the first time.

Haley Bonar would know all about this. In a career that has spanned 15 years and 6 albums, it was her most recent release, 2014’s Last War, that pushed her into the international spotlight. The follow-up, Impossible Dream doubled-down on War’s refined songcraft and country/dream-pop delivery, unveiling a fresh set of songs heavy with tales of small-town life and world-weary restlessness.… Read the rest